Climate Change for business

Reducing the borough's carbon footprint is a key priority for the council and businesses have a large role to play in this. Carbon dioxide is the main contributor to climate change and it is important that businesses and individuals contribute towards reducing the amount that is produced. In July 2019 the council declared a climate emergency. It has set a target to make council operations carbon neutral by December 2025 and to work towards making the borough net zero carbon by 2030. Where to find help to make your business more sustainable:

North Hampshire Sustainable Business Network

An established network organised by local businesses, local authorities and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce offering FREE half-day workshops and a website with expert information for small to medium sized businesses.

Themes covered in the workshops can help you to win more business and cut costs. Previous topics have included:

  • Marketing your business as sustainable
  • Increasing tender success
  • Reducing overheads by being ‘greener’ (energy, water, procurement, waste)
  • Ensure your business is legally compliant
  • Setting up an Environmental Management System and sustainability reporting
  • Winning grants and securing funding

These events offer expert speakers, peer group networking and great venues.

To join the database to be invited to all future meetings please visit the Sustainable Business Network website.


Businesses across the EM3 region will be able to bid for a share of £600,000 funding for energy efficiency audits, grants and innovation as part of a project aiming to secure a reduction in 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. For more information can be found on the EMphasis3 website.


START2ACT is an energy efficiency support programme for young SMEs and startups that helps businesses to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures, to save money on energy bills and reduce environmental impact. START2ACT has also been designed to improve how you manage energy now and in the future, so that you can lay the groundwork for long term sustainable growth.

It's website has a range of freely-available interactive online resources including an eLearning course and forum.

Supporting businesses

Whether you are looking to start a business, are an existing business needing help to grow or a business looking to relocate, we can help you on your journey.

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